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12/03/2008

Toby Carvery Chef School

As part of the Government's Year of Food and Farming, Toby Carvery has launched a new campaign aimed at teaching schoolchildren about the food they eat and its origins.

Toby Carvery is offering pupils a unique behind the scenes experience at its pub restaurants up and down the country by enabling them to meet a professional chef, learn about where food comes from and how it is prepared before it reaches the plate.

The first session took place earlier this week when Year 5 students from Brownhills West Primary School in Norton Canes were invited to their local Toby Carvery on Watling Street, Cannock to discover more about the journey vegetables make from the farm to their fork, including where different vegetables grow and how.

As part of the two-hour interactive session the class learned about the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, the nutritional content of vegetables, the numerous ways to cook them and even sampled different vegetables for themselves before enjoying a traditional carvery meal.

Head teacher Mr Fairclough said: "The session was a brilliant way for the children to learn more about healthy eating in a real restaurant environment. The chef school was really well organised and the kids have learnt lots about how to cook different types of vegetable and the nutrients they contain."

Sheelagh Pegg of Toby Carvery, said: "As an official partner in the government's Year of Food and Farming initiative, we are committed to encouraging children to eat a healthier diet.  A traditional roast meal is a simple, tasty way of incorporating those all-important five portions of vegetables, which is why we serve a selection of eight vegetables every day."

The chef schools are now being rolled out to Toby Carvery restaurants across the country.  Visit http://www.tobyfoodandfarming.co.uk/ for additional information or to download a fact sheet.

  

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